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Hartford pushes past Men’s Basketball in second half, 69-57
Mansell nets game-high 19 in defeat but Bearcats can't maintain halftime lead
January 14, 2012Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Visiting Hartford opened the second half with an 18-5 run and pinned a 69-57 loss on Binghamton men’s basketball Sunday afternoon from the Events Center. The Hawks (2-14, 2-2 AE) trailed by one at the break but shot 65 percent in the second half (11-of-17) to keep the Bearcats (0-17, 0-5 AE) winless. The game kicked off a televised doubleheader with BU’s nationally-ranked wrestling team on Time Warner Cable Sports.
Eying the team’s first win in front of 2,188 fans, BU opened the game with a 9-3 run and led most of the first half before nursing a 27-26 advantage at intermission. But the Hawks responded from the second half whistle, using the decisive run to build a double-digit lead. During the 18-5 opening run that spanned 5:56, BU missed 4-of-5 shots and committed four turnovers. A three-pointer by junior guard Jimmy Gray dropped the margin to nine, 44-35, with 13:36 to play and the Bearcats cut it to eight, 45-38, with 12:12 remaining but could draw no closer. The Hawks, who put four players in double figures, stretched their lead to as many as 18 points before settling on the final 12-point margin. Hartford hit 4-of-4 free throws in the final 2:03 to seal the win.
“Hartford made key plays, got crucial offensive rebounds and hit some big time shots,” head coach Mark.Macon said. “You play a game within a game, long before you hit the floor. You create habits and expect the players to do well. Are you failed sometimes? Yes ... but in the long run we’re creating a winning team.”
Sophomore Robert Mansell scored a game-high 19 points to lead four Bearcats in double figures. Mansell logged 38 minutes, produced three steals and benefited from 10-of-12 accuracy from the free throw line. Gray went the entire 40 minutes at the point and racked up 12 points (9 in second half) and four assists. Freshmen Chris Longoria and Ben Dickinson added 11 points apiece. Longoria scored all of his in the second half while Dickinson also chipped in seven boards and three assists.
Hartford was led by Andres Torres with 15 points. Mark Nwakamma compiled 14 points and seven rebounds.
The Bearcats play at UMBC on Thursday before hosting New Hampshire at the Events Center one week from today.
Mansel and Nwakamma were selected as the America East Players of the Game.